2012-06-20 Kazuto Ioka w pts 12 Akira Yaegashi, Bodymaker Coliseum, Osaka, Japan - WBC/WBA

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2012-06-20 Kazuto Ioka w pts 12 Akira Yaegashi, Bodymaker Coliseum, Osaka, Japan - WBC/WBA. Referee: Yuji Fukuchi. Scorecards: 115-114, 115-113, 115-113.

After Ioka relinquished the WBC title on 29 June, being unable to defend both belts within the same time frame, a fight between Xiong Zhao Zhong and Javier Martinez Resendiz was eventually organised to find a successor.

On 14 July, Jesus Silvestre outpointed Edwin Diaz over 12 rounds at the Fair Stockade, Tepic, Nayarit, Mexico, to win the vacant WBA ‘interim’ title. Silvestre made a successful defence of the WBA ‘interim’ title when stopping Takuya Mitamura inside four rounds at the same venue on 6 October.